The inscription in Italian on the back of the original canvas states that the picture was painted in London in 1754 for the artist's patron Thomas Hollis, and that the view was unique in the artist's work. The Rotunda in Ranelagh Gardens, Chelsea, was erected as a public venue for various entertainments in 1741 and closed in 1803. Musical concerts were held and Mozart performed there in 1764.

Key facts

Artist dates
1697 - 1768
Full title
London: Interior of the Rotunda at Ranelagh
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
47 x 75.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1894
Inventory number
Location in Gallery